Here’s a few top ideas to get some good old-fashioned vitamins into kids’ lunchboxes.
Deli Meat Roll-Ups
Think outside the bun! Rolling sliced deli turkey, ham, or roast beef around cheese sticks, cream cheese, and even greens can change the way your kiddos think about lunch meat.
Cajun Turkey Wraps
Sneak a few veggies into your child’s diet with these delicious wraps. And adding a little pesto—instead of mayo—means plenty of flavour, but not too much saturated fat.
4 large flour tortillas
1 small head romaine lettuce, washed and patted dry
3/4 pound sliced turkey breast
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 cucumbers, cut into spears
1/2 cup pesto
Sprinkle of cajun
In the centre of each tortilla, layer some lettuce, turkey, tomato, and cucumber. Spread the pesto over the top, sprinkle with cajun and roll like a burrito.
Ever since I realized I didn’t have to buy granola in a box, I have experimented with different recipes. This is one of my favourites; the granola is great with yogurt or on top of vanilla ice cream.
Cholesterol-lowering oats and omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts make this tasty granola a powerhouse for heart health. Use it to top yogurt for a simple breakfast before school, or pack its own as a low-fat, fibre-rich lunch for kids.
(Make sure to make it the night before and serve it throughout the week.)
3 cups regular oats
1 cup whole-grain toasted oat cereal (such as Cheerios)
1/3 cup oat bran
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup apple sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup chopped dried apple & cranberries
Preheat oven to 170°.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well to combine.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup applesauce, honey, and brown sugar to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Pour applesauce mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in an even layered tray, coated with cooking spray. Bake at 170 ° for 1 hour, stirring every 30 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely. Stir in chopped apple and cranberries.
Note: Store granola in an airtight container up to one week.